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Remembering Dennis Letourneau


August 1, 2012
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Aug. 1, 2012 – Dennis Letourneau, founder of Cascade Vending and Amusements in Canmore, Alta., passed away Dec. 10, 2011.

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Aug. 1, 2012 – Dennis Letourneau, founder of Cascade Vending and Amusements in Canmore, Alta., passed away Dec. 10, 2011.

Letourneau started in the amusement business in 1987 in Bonnyville, Alta., where he operated jukeboxes, pool tables and games. In 1991, he and his wife Elsie decided the mountains were calling. They left Bonnyville to start a new vending business in Canmore, just outside of Banff, in the Rocky Mountains.

His business sense and street smarts proved him well with his new venture, as he quickly installed new locations in Canmore, Banff, Lake Louise, and even into nearby Field, B.C. In 1998, Letourneau purchased the assets of Banff Vending.

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Always looking for new opportunities, Letourneau ventured into the commercial laundry business and installed several commercial washers and dryers throughout his territory. His secret to success was simple: “Just be honest, have great systems in place, look after your staff and look after your customers.”

“I met Dennis back in 1987,” says Darren Nickle, general manager of Can-West Vending. “I immediately enjoyed Dennis’s very direct approach and his unique way of expressing himself.” Nickle and Letourneau became friends and business associates, bonding over a shared passion for motorcycles. “I have a particularly fond memory of Dennis and I riding Harley Davidson motorcycles around Las Vegas and the Hoover Dam during one of the NAMA conventions,” Nickle says.

His health declined in recent years and Letourneau passed away Dec. 10. Cascade Vending & Amusements continues its success with the hard work and dedication of Leslie and her long-term management team, Brent and Lyle.


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